LeBron James has come out in defense of basketball player Brittney Griner, a UNBA champion detained in Russia since last February, for drug possession. LeBron attacked the administration of US Presindent Joe Biden for not doing enough.
James said: "Why on earth would she want to go back to America, after she's been left alone for so long," asks the champion in the trailer for her talk show The Shop: Uninterrupted, which airs on Youtube. He also said: "How can she feel supported by the United States?" Griner's team manager Vanessa Nygaard brought him up last week saying that if it were him he would be home by now.
In June, the basketball super star tweeted her support for Griner with the hashtag WeAreB. He wrote: "We must do everything possible to get BG home quickly and safely! Our voice as athletes is stronger when we are united."
LeBron James's career highlights
Also known by the acronym LBJ and with various nicknames including King James and The Chosen One, he is considered to be one of the best basketball players of all time. As of 2022 he is the second-best scorer in NBA history in the regular season behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as the second in the finals after Jerry West and the first for overall points between the regular season and the playoffs.
In the playoffs he holds various records including points scored, steals, defensive rebounds and wins. First overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft and named Rookie of the Year in 2004, he won four NBA titles, two with the Miami Heat, one with the Cleveland Cavaliers and one with the Los Angeles Lakers, and as many regular season MVP awards and of the finals.
With the US national team he participated in three Olympics, winning the bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Games and the gold medal in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. James had a difficult past: he grew up alone with his mother Gloria, while the figure of his father is shrouded in mystery; never having known the parent was, according to James himself, a motivation to constantly improve.
He has two sons and a daughter born of the relationship with his high school girlfriend, Savannah Brinson, with whom he married on September 14, 2013 in San Diego: the firstborn, LeBron Jr., was born on October 6, 2004; the second, Bryce Maximus, on June 14, 2007, and the youngest, Zhuri, on October 22, 2014.